By FRANCINE PROSE Caroline Leavitt JOANNA POWELL
March 19, 2007 12:00 PM

By Lionel Shriver

REVIEWED BY FRANCINE PROSE

CRITIC’S CHOICE

FICTION

Irina, a children’s book illustrator, has a quiet life in London with her smart, loyal, but hardly electrifying boyfriend Lawrence. Until one night an alternate destiny suggests itself during an impromptu and heated meal with Ramsey, a sexy, swaggering snooker champ. The book divides into two narratives, each tracking what the future holds for Irina, depending on which man she chooses. Complex and nervy, Shriver’s clever meditation will intrigue anyone who has ever wondered how things might have turned out had they followed, or ignored, a life-changing impulse.

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